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Andretti having Cadillac onboard will 'lend a lot of weight' to their bid

Former F1 driver Stefan Johansson believes Andretti bringing in a major manufacturer will be important for their bid to join the grid.

Former F1 driver Stefan Johansson believes that the Andretti's link up with US car giant Cadillac will "lend a lot of weight" to their F1 bid. Andretti has partnered with General Motors who are entering with their Cadillac brand, one of the largest in the US, as part of the expression of interest to join the grid. Johansson noted F1's commercial rights holders cautious reaction in the wake of the announcement . "Having a major manufacturer will without a doubt lend a lot of weight to their bid for a slot on the grid," he said in an interview. "What is interesting to me was the respective statements from the FIA and F1, and I can sense all may not be well between the two. "The FIA was very excited and positive to the announcement, whereas the F1 statement was very cold and neutral and didn’t even once mention the Team or Cadillac by name, and basically just said there is huge interest in F1 from many different entities and like with all the rest they need to evaluate their proposal in detail."

Johansson: Hard to see how Andretti/Cadillac link will work "in practical terms"

But while the Johansson is optimistic about their chances, he is wondering how the partnership will work "in practical terms" as Andretti plan to operate mainly in Indiana, US along with an outpost in Europe . He continued: "I think the Cadillac angle caught most people by surprise. At face value it’s hard to make out how this will work in practical terms. "I know we already have Haas as an American entry, but I think this will make a huge impact in the US with both Cadillac and Andretti being household names. "What is most interesting to me though, is how they plan to go about it, starting an F1 team from scratch today is definitely not for the faint of heart, it will be a colossal undertaking."

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